Kaleb Daniels has been found guilty of attempted deliberate homicide.
A District Court jury in Helena returned the guilty verdict late Wednesday afternoon. The trial began Monday.
Daniels was charged after he and Jory Strizich were arrested following a burglary and shootout with a homeowner northwest of Wolf Creek in December 2016.
At the trial, Lewis & Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher told the jury that evidence put Daniels in the cabin on the day of the crime.
He said the SUV that Daniels was riding in contained two guns, binoculars, a meth pipe, and heavy duty bolt cutters. He said Daniels was there that day to grab whatever he wanted.
Gallagher told the jury that five shell casings from a .25-caliber pistol were found at the corner of the cabin where Daniels exchanged shots with cabin owner Marshall Buus
Gallagher said Daniels intended to kill Buus when he pointed a gun in Buus’ face.
Defense attorney Steven Scott asked the jury to convict his client of burglary but nothing else.
“You should find him guilty of burglary, and I’m Kaleb’s lawyer,” said Scott. “But not guilty of attempted deliberate homicide, or tampering with evidence. He didn’t have a gun.”
“Kaleb is a burglar. Kaleb is not a murderer,” said Scott.
The prosecutor in the case said Daniels disposed of the gun somewhere in the 10 miles between the Buus cabin and Wolf Creek, where he was arrested about two hours later.
The weapon was never recovered.
The jury also found Daniels guilty of aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence.
Daniels is being held without bond and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 13.